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Game 43: Mets at Nats

May 18, 2014, 12:51 PM EDT

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

While the Nationals await word of Gio Gonzalez’s enhanced MRI, hoping they aren’t about to lose yet another key player to a long-term injury, they’ve got a chance to win this weekend series against the Mets. They also could move into first place if the Braves lose again in St. Louis. So there’s plenty on the line this afternoon.

Jordan Zimmermann gets the ball, trying to bounce back from a less-than-spectacular start in Arizona last week. He’ll go up against Zack Wheeler, the hard-throwing Mets right-hander who has struggled himself this season (1-3, 4.53 ERA).

Two interesting lineup notes for the Nationals: 1) Wilson Ramos is behind the plate for the third straight day, the first time he’s done that this season, and 2) the slumping Danny Espinosa (5 for his last 47 with 20 strikeouts and zero walks) is on the bench for the first time in 12 games, with Kevin Frandsen getting a chance to start at second base instead.

It’s another beautiful day for baseball. Updates to come…

NEW YORK METS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
Nationals Park
Gametime: 1:35 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183, MLB.com
Weather: Mostly sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 9 mph LF to RF

NATIONALS (22-20)
CF Denard Span
3B Anthony Rendon
RF Jayson Werth
C Wilson Ramos
SS Ian Desmond
1B Tyler Moore
2B Kevin Frandsen
LF Nate McLouth
RHP Jordan Zimmermann

METS (20-22)
LF Eric Young Jr.
2B Daniel Murphy
3B David Wright
RF Curtis Granderson
1B Lucas Duda
CF Juan Lagares
SS Ruben Tejada
C Juan Centeno
RHP Zack Wheeler

UMPIRES
HP Jon Byrne
1B Lance Barksdale
2B Dana DeMuth (cc)
3B Ed Hickox

1:37 p.m. — We are underway. Another big crowd on hand as Jordan Zimmermann fires strike one to Eric Young Jr.

1:45 p.m. — Wow, some major defense on display by the Nats in the top of the first. Tyler Moore made a spectacular diving catch of Young’s popped-up bunt, drawing oohs from the crowd. Then with two on and one out, Granderson hit a sharp grounder to first, Moore turned and threw to second for the forceout, then Desmond (realizing he wouldn’t be able to turn the 3-6-1 double play) instead threw to third base and caught Daniel Murphy having rounded the bag too far. Really heads-up play by Desmond there, ensuring a scoreless inning for Zimmermann.

1:53 p.m. — A 1-out walk by Anthony Rendon is all the Nats could muster in the bottom of the first against Zack Wheeler. Wilson Ramos wasn’t really happy with a called third strike by umpire Jon Byrne, who today becomes the first-ever Australian to be behind the plate for a big-league game. I believe Byrne told the upset Ramos to “take a bloody seat on the bench, mate!”

2:01 p.m. — Zimmermann got himself into a jam in the top of the second, with a man on third and one out. Matt Williams brought his infield in and the move paid off when Moore snagged a sharp grounder to first and was able to hold the runner at third base. But then Kevin Frandsen couldn’t quite get to Juan Centeno’s grounder through the right side of the infield, so the Nats are trailing 1-0 in the middle of the second.

2:11 p.m. — You know who is really heating up at the plate? Ian Desmond. He just crushed a bomb over the left-field bullpen to tie this game 1-1 in the bottom of the second. It’s Desmond’s second homer in as many days, his team-leading seventh of the season. And he’s now 8 for his last 23 with three homers and a triple. The Nats need this desperately from their Silver Slugger-winning shortstop.

2:20 p.m. — Given Espinosa’s struggles at the plate (5-for-47, 20 strikeouts, zero walks), his benching today certainly is understandable. But watching Frandsen at second base, you do appreciate just how good Danny is out there. And why, if he can just maintain something like a .240 batting average while drawing walks, he really is valuable to this team. No harm done in the top of the third, though, so it’s still 1-1.

2:33 p.m. — You know who else is starting to  heat up at the plate? Wilson Ramos. He hasn’t had the results to show for it, but he has hit the ball much better the last few days. And he really hit it well just now, drilling a double to the wall in left-center to bring two runs home. So the Nats take a 3-1 lead on Ramos’ third and fourth RBI of the season.

2:52 p.m. — Zimmermann has settled into a nice groove. He has retired seven in a row and is through five innings on 74 pitches. The Mets have only a couple of hard-hit balls off him so far today, several of their actual hits have been grounders through the infield. It remains 3-1 after five.

3:06 p.m. — The Nats have had trouble this year delivering a knockout punch to an opposing pitcher on the ropes. They had another opportunity just now against Wheeler, loading the bases with nobody out in the fifth. They didn’t quite knock him to the ground, but Ramos did leave him staggering with a two-run single to left. Ramos now has four RBI today. But a popup by Werth and a 6-4-3 by Desmond didn’t help the cause. So it’s now 5-1 Nats as we move to the sixth. You get the sense it could be more.

3:19 p.m. — And the Mets get both runs right back against Zimmermann, who gave up three hits and a walk in the top of the sixth. If not for Centeno running himself into the third out, the damage might have been worse. So it’s 5-3 Nats now, this game still very much up for grabs as we go to the bottom of the sixth.

3:27 p.m. — That’s all for Zimmermann. It’ll be Drew Storen for the top of the seventh, protecting a 5-3 lead. Zimmermann’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 92 pitches, 59 strikes.

3:32 p.m. — And Storen retires the side with yet another 1-2-3 inning of relief. Opposing hitters are now 7-for-50 with one walk this season against Storen. He’s been nothing short of dominant.

3:49 p.m. — Rendon reaches for the fourth time today via his third walk. Then he steals second and takes third on an error. But the Nats can’t cash in, so it’s still 5-3 as Tyler Clippard enters for the eighth.

4:00 p.m. — A 1-2-3 eighth inning for Clippard, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 14 outings. So the Nats are three Rafael Soriano outs away from a series victory. Still 5-3 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

4:15 p.m. — Nothing about it was pretty — a walk, a passed ball, a broken-bat single and a fielder’s choice — but the Nats added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. So it’s now 6-3 as Soriano enters for the ninth.

4:22 p.m. — That’ll do it. Soriano wraps up a 6-3 victory. The Nats take the series, improve to 23-20 and are for the moment tied with the Braves for first place in the NL East.

197 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    “@ZuckermanCSN: Meanwhile, #Nats today try to take series from #Mets. Ramos catching 3rd straight day, slumping Espinosa benched”

    The word benched sounds long-term. The slump has been all season long with RISP.

    Dropping foul balls when hes in there for defense hurts even more.

  2. adcwonk - May 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    I was wondering when MW would swap Frandsen for Espi. Long overdue, imho. Even if not permanent, at least a break now and then couldn’t hurt the Nats or Espi at this time.

    Here’s hoping that Ramos can get something going. . . .

    GYFNG!

    • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      Ramos has hit into bad luck. Think of that smash to centerfield in Arizona and line drive to right yesterday. BABIP will work for him. He’s already had some key hits.

  3. Doc - May 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    So far, so good with KFran.

    I’m waitin’ to see the back-hand flip to the SS on the DP.

    Or maybe the back-hand catch on the pop fly???

    Kevin The Entertainer—and the dude has gotten some big hits too!

  4. Theophilus T.S. - May 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    So glad to hear Gonzalez’s problem is physical. If it was his head, as many of us believed (and still fear), there would be no hope.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Tyler Clippard to Johnny Holiday “We embrace the crazy” talking about the transition from starter to the bullpen he says you have to be crazy.

      Isn’t that the truth.

  5. Section 222 - May 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Sad news about Gio. If only he’d gotten a haircut yesterday this wouldn’t have happened.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Just hoping its nothing serious.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 1:54 PM

        It is serious, he needs to return to the day of pitching haircut routine. Pitched that way for years with no DL STINT. NOW MISSING HAIRCUTS LEADS TO THE DL.

        Just saying.

  6. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    TyMo WEB GEM!!!

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    JZim putting some extra mustard on that pretzel!

  8. adcwonk - May 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Question: do we have any more insight (or has there been any subsequent reaction) to: (a) Werth’s look of “this sucks” when he made that catch on Friday night; or (b) Werth’s comments to Kolko?

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Enigmas don’t give you enough to really put it all together. If you listen to the Mets broadcasters, it was all for his disgust of Soriano. Who knows.

      • Section 222 - May 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        Why would you think that the Mets broadcasters have any more insight than you, me or MNF?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        They don’t. Totally sarcastic. You have to listen to the broadcast. 5 straight minutes of bashing Soriano. I transcribed part of it on here.

      • adcwonk - May 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        … it was all for his disgust of Soriano.

        Surely Werth knows that pitchers sometimes make mistakes, no? Soriano wasn’t trying to be fancy, he just couldn’t hit his spots. (Ramos was calling for an outside pitch, and the threw it inside on that one).

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I don’t buy it. That was 100% the Mets announcers word for word.

  9. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    I hate Murphy

  10. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    I guess this HP umpire is going to be awful. Two strikes to Wright called balls.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      Should’ve been a nice K of Wright.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Then he calls Ramos out on one not nearly as good.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        Exactly. Just shaking my head.

  11. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Zimmerman may regret not signing the offered long term contract this past off season.

    • David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      I seriously doubt that

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      He and Desmond might regret it. I think any player that turns down guaranteed money early in their career is foolish. They’ve been offering JZim long-term deals for 3 years.

      Think Ryan Braun and Evan Longoria. Took the long-term powerball early in their careers.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Jon Byrne should go back to Australia and learn the K zone.

  13. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Meant “Zimmermann”! Nats are regretting the long term contract they offered Zimmerman two years ago

  14. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Span needs better ABs to lead off the game. Wheeler is wild and you swing so early in the count.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Batting .187 to leadoff the game with a .238 OBP. That won’t cut it.

      • David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        If Span wants to be aggressive and swing early fine, but your job as a leadoff hitter in the first inning is to see pitches and tell your teammates what the guy is throwing, whether he has his command, etc. Can’t do that if you swing at the second or third pitch.

  15. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    What impressed me about that doubleplay was Rendon got to 3rd in perfect position instead of being a spectator like Ryan Zimmerman did in a key spot last year. Always know that Ian Desmond will look to 3rd.

  16. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Come on Zim 3 out 5 batters have made base.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Don’t you remember he struck out Wright, ok, not according to the ump.

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    JZim had to get Duda on the outside. Missed his spot. 1-2 count.

  18. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Great play TyMo!

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Perfect defensive positioning by Weidimaier. Gold star for him.

  20. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    MW once again doesn’t want to put the 8th man on and bam, a run. Where have we seen that before.

  21. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    How many times are we going to pitch to the #8 guy before learning? Then again, maybe we shouldn’t put men on since the pitchers seem to own us.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Seems MW is not to concerned about this strategy and they continue to pitch to 8th guy with man on 3rd with 2 outs.

      Obviously my strategy and his are not the same.

  22. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Come on Zim number 8 man should never get an RBI when the pitchers has had no hits all year.

    Poor decision making there.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Do you understand BABIP at all? He gets him to roll over a grounder. What more do you want? The right move was to walk the batter and pitch to the 0-10 pitcher.

      • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Now 0-11

  23. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Espinosa gets to that ball, btw.

    • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      Your funny. Aaron Hill gets to that.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      I was thinking the same thing.

  24. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Ian blast off

  25. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Hello Desi. I see you!!!!

  26. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Notice he swung sift not hard

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Soft

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        You must have been watching in slo-mo. That swing was violent.

  27. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Look how Desi’s head was on the ball and steady. That’s what I was talking about in his slump.

  28. nickr26 - May 18, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Remeber those people who wanted Desi traded or sat he is a two time silver slugger and has two 20-20 seasons this man is back

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      I remember them well. I answered them the same way the last 3 seasons. #Trolls

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        When soften the swing but it keeps the speed he is fine.

        Takes time each year it seems.

  29. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    McOut that was strike 3

  30. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Zim we tied don’t give it away again.

  31. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    That’s the way to take charge on an infield popup TyMo.

  32. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Espinosa DEFINITELY makes that play. Hope it doesn’t hurt.

    • David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      Cost him pitches, but nothing more.

  33. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    We can tell why Espi stays on the team. Wish Espi could hit like Freandsen

  34. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Frandson maybe needs to be at third and have Rendon at second

    • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      No way, if your choices are 3rd or 2nd for Frandsen you choose 2nd. He went a long way to glove that single up the middle and just made an ugly throw.

  35. nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Alot of seeing eye singles.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      Espi probably gets at least half though.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        Frandsen’s first at bat was no better than had Espi’s at bat. So if he isn’t going to get a hit, leave Espi in.

      • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        I disagree. Aaron Hill gets all of those. Balls were hit past Espi all series in Arizona then you see Hill gobble up everything hit within 15 of him.

      • natszee - May 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        He did hit the ball out of the infield. Improvement.

  36. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Frandsen didn’t look comfortable on the out either.

  37. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    This is definitely an interesting SZ…

    Again, not walking the 8th batter to get to the 9th batter with 2 outs… Nevermind…

    Desi is getting hot… This is excellent..

    Figured Gio would go out the DL… Shoulder just didnt seem right.

    This is the 2nd time that Jordan hasn’t pitched like the Jordan that we know (so far). His last time out, he had a good line but seeing it love in action, it wasn’t as dominate…. Seems as if today (so far) is like that too….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      I thought Loboton was going to catch after Zim and Ramos were not on the same page.

      • smatt1001 - May 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Not sure what we’ll be able to take from this one with the way the ump has been calling balls and strikes.

  38. natsjackinfl - May 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Thank goodness Fransden has no problem with balls hit to that 4′ × 8′ sheet of plywood he protects.

  39. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Span I thought was fast enough to beat that, but clearly nit.

    Rendon not as fast but hit it softer.

  40. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Buffalo time

  41. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Strike zone is all over

  42. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Buffalo sighting

  43. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Aight Mr. Wilson… I see you…

  44. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Ramos—Nats best clutch hitter when he is healthy!

  45. nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Span is fast. Just not a top speed guy.

  46. nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    “nats128 – May 18, 2014 at 1:05 PM
    Ramos has hit into bad luck. Think of that smash to centerfield in Arizona and line drive to right yesterday. BABIP will work for him. He’s already had some key hits.”

    As I wrote before 1st pitch to ADCWONK.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Excellent points. Small sample size for him and he’s smashed some balls that have been caught. He smashed that ball and found a gap.

  47. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    E6 was not an wash play.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Not sure what you’re trying to say. I give him a hit.

  48. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    I love how Span plays CF in Washington.

    • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      I would enjoy seeing UZR splits in home/road and have looked and cant find it. Do they have that.

  49. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Good inning Jordan….

    • nats128 - May 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      +1 tho I didnt like going 3-0 to the #8 guy.

  50. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    We still swing at a lot of balls as a team.

  51. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Wheeler just made Tyler Moore look silly….

  52. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Solid contact by Frandsen, just a tad to high.

  53. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    They are hitting Wheeler hard…

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Agreed

  54. coop202 - May 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    So I know it’s not done by modern convention besides with a desperate Rockies a few years back but hypothetically if a team’s pen is a strength, does it make sense to go to a four man rotation?

  55. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    It’s impossible to get a ball over Lagaras head.

  56. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    McOut good thing he can field. He has to be more than 115 hitter. He hasn’t hit into bad luck and I hadn’t realized.

  57. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Zim settling in. Keep it up.

  58. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Bases loaded double by Colt on Wong 3-1 Cards

  59. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    LaRoche in the booth has been great

  60. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    “@AdamKilgoreWP: Source says Gio Gonzalez’s MRI revealed inflammation only. He needs rest, no kind of procedure. Nats get good news. http://t.co/aUKqX8Sie2

  61. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Lousy fielding by Duda on a doubleplay ball by Span. Thanks Luke!

  62. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Got the neck and Werth doesn’t snap it.

  63. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Buffalo

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Buffalo Wil does it again!!!!

  65. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Why not a double left fielder never looked at second.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Just realized that. WTH? Easy double. Just cost the Nats a run there.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Left fielder never even thought if looking at second, not sure what the first base coach was looking at.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Shocking really he could have glided to 2nd.

  66. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    RBI machine. You give him RISP and he lights up.

  67. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Yes Ramos….. Yes….

  68. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Mr. Clutch!

  69. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Design great first at bat not much on the second or third. Of course Buffalo should have been on second not first.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Damn auto correct. Of course it should say Desi

  70. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Didn’t quite lay the knockout blow, but delivered a nice hard shot.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      Could have been mire, but could have been less.

  71. scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    ALR IN booth is pretty good with FP n carp

  72. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Ramos now batting .500 with RISP and 6 RBIs in 4 ABs. Small sample size but look at last years if you want bigger .326/.352/.512/.863

  73. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    How lucky has Wright been in this series?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      He hits it where they pitch it

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      That’s what happens when you put balls in play.

  74. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Now throw ks

  75. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This ump blows.

    • smatt1001 - May 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      That was ugly. How many pitches has this ump added to Zimm’s pitch count?

  76. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Get that bullpen going MW.

  77. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Zim you struck him out twice why walk him .

    • smatt1001 - May 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      From pitch track and Charlie and Dave – that was only a walk because of this ump…

      • scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        Pitch track showed them as balls, close but balls.

  78. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Zimmerman gives up a bloop to Wright and then walks Granderson after striking him out twice and not called.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      It’s beyond crazy.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        Then throw in the occasional lousy pitches too

  79. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Get a double olay

  80. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    This SZ is all over the place…

  81. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Blooper hit. Thanks ump.

  82. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    And then Lagares bloops one into CF. JZimm has to be livid.

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

      I’m livid for him….

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Quit pitching to contact then.

  83. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Slider the guys hits, and a fast ball with that swing he would have been blown away

  84. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Cat was telling the ump what he thinks if his SZ…

  85. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Are we sure Frandsen is a natural 2nd baseman?

    • scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Yes

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        Doesn’t play like one at all.

  86. Mrsb loves the Nats - May 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Uhm…. I think I hit report comment on DP’s comment…. My bad….. I didnt mean it.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      No biggie

  87. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    No problem on the pop up it was the infield fly rule (though no announcer bothered to tell us.

    Again Frandsen doesn’t get to a ball. At least get to it to save a run. After his next at bat take him out.

    • scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:26 PM

      What? Wilt chamberlain couldn’t have got that.

      AND espi isn’t as great at def as u think. Most sites have him rated just as above avg

  88. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Another RBI for the 8 hitter. I don’t understand why Zim cannot pitch to number 8 hitter who had 1 RBI his whole career

  89. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Frandsen 0 for 3 might as well have Espi batting.

    • David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Espi would have saved at least one run, possibly two.

      • scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        How????

      • David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        “past a diving Frandsen”

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM

        Frandsen when he leaves his feet got nothing. Esoi would have gotten to several. I don’t mind espi in the field. Just swings to hard.

      • scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        I watched it 3 times…I don’t think that was reachable

  90. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Wheeler second 3 up 3 inning. Each times it was batters 6-7-8

  91. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    With Zimmermann’s shabby pitching and looking down the barrel at Soriano for the ninth inning, I don’t have a comfortable feeling about this game.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      We are fine

  92. Ghost of Steve M. - May 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    So ticked how the ump squeezed JZim today. Why does he not get the respect that the #1s get.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      This ump was bad the whole game

  93. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Nice inning Storen

  94. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    This site can’t keep things in order so often.

  95. David Proctor - May 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    LMFAO that was right down the middle. Thank you.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      But unlike our opponents we can’t take advantage of umpire gifts,

      Why did Walters nit swing at the one in the middle.

  96. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Walters should have swung. Ump is terrible

  97. scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Pretty swing zack has

  98. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Have we called off the dogs already?

  99. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Run those bases.

  100. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Why pull the slider. As I say every day its a grounder to short. Sliders like that must be hit to right.

    • natsjackinfl - May 18, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      Except for the ones hanging on the inside of the plate which you yank over the left field wall. Any pitch away you should take to right.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        I was talking about sliders on the outside which we all try to pull.

        Inside clobber over the left field fence.

        Hanging outside clobber over the right field fence.

  101. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Cardinals 4, Braves 2 after 5 innings.

  102. natsjackinfl - May 18, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    First Storen and now Clippard throwing strikes early in the count. Love it.

  103. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    The relievers now 12 scoreless innings this series. Need one more Soriano.

  104. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    Slider outside we swing again.

  105. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Let’s tack some on.

  106. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Pass ball

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      Man on third needs to score now. Go TyMo

  107. Exposremains - May 18, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Storen for closer. Clippard setup and Soriano to the 7th. I don’t care about any scoreless streak. He’s not a shutdown closer. In the playoff, against good team it would be a disaster. Storen for Closer.

  108. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Crap

  109. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Frandsen your time to earn your money

  110. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    That works.

    • scmargenau - May 18, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      U had your way n that’s espi subbed and a strike out :-)

  111. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    OK McOut gap one

  112. veejh - May 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Missed everything today. What’s up with Gio?

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      15 data DL infamation in shoulder still waiting MRI results

      • veejh - May 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

        Dammit

  113. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Despite what ALR says I see nothing impressive about McOut.

    I was at the game with his only HR on Jordan Zimmermann bobble head day.

  114. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Weed and valium time!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Maalox has been administered

  115. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Ramos threw to 3rd before the call.

  116. philipd763 - May 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Wow, a clean ninth for Soriano!

  117. veejh - May 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Cool. Series win. Curly dub!

  118. manassasnatsfan - May 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    13 innings of relief. Excellent 0 runs.

    If Soriano did all innings like this he would be loved.

  119. natsjackinfl - May 18, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Yep. This Soriano guy stinks it up again. No strike outs. Definitely in trouble. Can’t possibly keep this up. Way to dangerous out there.

  120. veejh - May 18, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Woooooo! Cards up 5-4

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